Construction of a solar energy facility at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) by Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) supports the ongoing growth of Florida's solar energy capacity.
FPL’s Solar Pavilion is one of three new structures that comprise the FPL Solar Circuit at the "World Center of Racing." The commercial-scale distributed solar power installation at DIS complements the $400-million Daytona Rising redevelopment project.
“Our 2.1 megawatt solar installation at Daytona International Speedway will also include high-tech data gathering equipment that will provide FPL with real-time and long-term data to help the company continue to incorporate even more solar into the grid in the future,” Alys Daly, Marketing and Communications representative at NextEra Energy Inc., recently told Florida Business Daily. FLP is a subsidiary of NextEra Engery.
Daly explained that “FPL is committed to clean energy” and they are currently working with natural gas, nuclear and solar. It also currently uses less than 1 percent oil.
Daly further explained FPL customers pay less that they did 10 years ago due to the clean energy mix.
"The cost of solar has fallen to such an extent over the past few years that we’ve found ways to make large-scale solar cost effective at specific sites in Florida that already have the right transmission connections, permitting and other cost-saving advantages in place. We’re proud to be building three new 74.5-megawatt solar energy centers on these locations with no net cost to customers over the lives of the projects," Daly said. "For perspective, each of these new plants will be three times the size of our first solar energy center."
Daly said with such results Florida should see more solar installations.
“This project, along with our three new solar power plants, will triple FPL’s solar capacity by the end of next year,” Daly said. “Florida is tenth in the nation for solar generation and will only rise in ranking as our solar capacity increases."